Did you miss a session from GamesBeat Summit Next 2022? All sessions are now available for viewing in our on-demand library. Click here to start watching.


If you have a Star Wars game, now is probably a pretty good time to remind people about it. And that’s exactly what publisher Konami is doing.

The company revealed today that it is introducing a beefy new minigame into its Star Wars: Force Collection card-gaming app for iOS and Android. This new mode has you playing as Chewbacca in a run-‘n’-gun-style shooter that Konami based on its arcade classic, Contra. This retro take has you collecting power-ups and taking on waves stormtroopers.

Force Collection is one of the top-grossing apps in places like Canada and the United Kingdom, and it is ranked No. 169 on the top-grossing chart in the United States, according to App Annie. Konami can improve those numbers by regularly supporting the app with new content, and this latest minigame is an example of that.

This addition to Force Collection comes just days after Disney and Lucasfilm held its Star Wars Celebration fan event in Anaheim last week. That expo introduced the latest trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and it really kicked off the hype-filled countdown to the release of that film in December. Konami is obviously trying to ride some of that excitement, and it even got the official Star Wars Twitter account to promote the new minigame.

We haven’t tested whether the Konami code works in this yet.

Force Collection came out last year, and it was one of a handful of Star Wars games that Disney worked with an outside publisher on. With over 400 cards to collect, the free-to-play card battler is all about building up your deck and improving your favorite cards.

GamesBeat's creed when covering the game industry is "where passion meets business." What does this mean? We want to tell you how the news matters to you -- not just as a decision-maker at a game studio, but also as a fan of games. Whether you read our articles, listen to our podcasts, or watch our videos, GamesBeat will help you learn about the industry and enjoy engaging with it. Discover our Briefings.